Great spotted cuckoo
Transfer from Carcassonne airport to accommodation at
Welcome drinks & dinner
Evening outing to try and spot Eagle owl
Spring migration if the wind conditions are good:
Roller, Bee-eater, Honey buzzard, Osprey, Alpine swift, Red-rumped swallow, Yellow wagtail...
with its scrubby “garrigue”, vineyards and chalky cliffs.
Nesting birds: Tawny pipit, Black-eared wheatear, Hoopoe, Spotless starling, Sardinian warbler, Orphean warbler, Great spotted cuckoo, Woodchat shrike, ...
Picnic lunch at La Franqui where we will look for the Slender billed gulls, Black-winged stilt, Little tern + other gulls and shore birds.
La Palme lagoon
Nesting and migratory birds: Little tern, Avocet, Black-winged stilt, Purple heron, Cattle egret, Little and Great egret, Greater flamingo, Slender-billed gull…
Return to our accommodation via the La Palme plain to spot nesting birds: Short-toed lark, Stone curlew.
There will be stops for a mid-morning coffee and to eat our picnic lunch.
Departure after breakfast
We will visit the medieval town of Lagrasse where you can choose to birdwatch, visit the abbey or just wander around the ancient streets!
Lunch in Lagrasse
Transfer to Carcassonne airport for departure.
"Enjoyed a fantastic 10-day trip earlier this summer to this region and saw some spectacular wildlife, including amazing views of Bee eaters, a first for me. Nicely close to some gorgeous estuaries, with plenty of arid mountainous scrub and coastline; not sure of the final 'list', but well into the hundreds! Also at the heart of Cathar country, so interesting to combine the rich wildlife experiences with visits to fabulous castles and other heritage sites of international repute. Awesome holiday!" C.Hasler (visited Feuilla late May - early June 2016)